Family Idiots

Not available for screening anymore

  1. Extra

    Family Idiots

    Idioten Der Familie

    Directed by

    Germany

    2018

    102 min

    • German

    Drama

    Wanting to start a new life, 40-year-old Heli has found an institution in which she can put her younger, mentally disabled sister. Her three egocentric brothers have agreed to the plan and come to share their sister's final weekend at the house where they all grew up on the outskirts of Berlin. They find that the "baby of the litter" has turned into an unpredictable "monster". The fallout brings them closer together than they'd expected.

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Lilith Stangenberg
    Jördis Triebel
    Hanno Koffler
    Florian Stetter
    Kai Scheve
    Screenplay
    Michael Klier
    Karen Aström
    Cinematography
    Patrick Orth
    Editing
    Katja Dringenberg
    Music
    Tilmann Dehnhard
    Production
    MICHAEL KLIER-FILM

    Press

    The entire film is beautifully carried by the nuanced and frankly perfect performances of its five actors (particularly worthy is Stangenberg’s acting abilities in this difficult role) and we leave the film calmly affected by all the love and humanism it contains.

    Bénédicte Prot, Cineuropa

    Michael Klier

    Michael Klier

    Germany

    Michael Klier was born in Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary), in what is now the Czech Republic. Klier received international awards for his video documentary DER RIESE (1983), which dealt with video surveillance. His film ÜBERALL IST ES BESSER, WO WIR NICHT SIND (1988/89), about young Polish people who look for work in Berlin, received honors at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN as well as the television award from the Deutsche Akademie der Darstellenden Künste. For OSTKREUZ (1991) and HEIDI M. (2001), he received the Grimme Award; OSTKREUZ also received the Förderpreis Deutscher Film at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN in 1991. Klier's later films include FARLAND (2004), ALTER UND SCHÖNHEIT (2008), and FILMTAGEBUCH (2013). Today he lives in Berlin.